Circle in the Round

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Circle in the Round
Miles Davis - Circle in the Round.jpg
Compilation album by Miles Davis
Released November 1979
Recorded October 27, 1955 – January 27, 1970
Genre Jazz-rock, hard bop
Length 98:25
Label Columbia/Legacy
Producer Joe McEwen and Jim Fishel
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Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Circle in the Round is a 1979 compilation album by jazz musician Miles Davis. It compiled outtakes from sessions across fifteen years of Davis's career that, with one exception, had been previously unreleased. All of its tracks have since been made available on album reissues and posthumous box sets.

Despite its lack of unity, Circle in the Round was an essential release in that, apart from 1950s recordings with Davis's quintet and sextet, it documented key moments in his career, until then unknown to the record-buying public. By arranging the tracks in chronological order the album shows Davis's progression in sound over the years.


"Two Bass Hit" is from a 1955 session. A 1958 re-recording was released on Milestones. "Love For Sale", previously released on a 1974 Japanese compilation, features the same lineup that would play on most of Kind of Blue. "Blues No. 2" comes from the last session that Davis and John Coltrane would record together in 1961, although Coltrane does not play on the track.

"Circle in the Round" is the first studio recording in which he departed from the acoustic quintet, and therefore marks the inception of his "electric" period. Recorded in 1967, it was the earliest released recording of Miles that featured the sound of the electric guitar (played by Joe Beck), something that would become prominent in his music over the years. Edited here by seven minutes, the full track was released on The Complete Studio Recordings of The Miles Davis Quintet 1965–1968. The first officially released Davis track with electric guitar was "Paraphernalia", from 1968's Miles in the Sky,[2] with George Benson contributing. Benson appears here on the second take of "Side Car" and "Sanctuary".

"Teo's Bag",[3] "Side Car" (both takes are released), "Splash", and "Sanctuary" come from two sessions in early 1968. "Splash" was later released on The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions, and a re-recording of "Sanctuary" in August 1969 would be the closing track on Bitches Brew.

"Guinnevere" is from the same "electric" sessions of early 1970, with sitar and tabla, which yielded "Great Expectations", "Orange Lady" and "Lonely Fire" (released on Big Fun). Like the title track, it was released here in abbreviated form, as on The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions, the track is three minutes longer.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Miles Davis except were noted

Disc 1

  1. "Two Bass Hit" (Dizzy Gillespie, John Lewis) (10/27/1955) – 3:43 later available on reissues of 'Round About Midnight
  2. "Love for Sale" (Cole Porter) (5/26/1958) – 11:52 also released on 1958 Miles
  3. "Blues No. 2" (3/21/1961) – 6:51 previously unreleased
  4. "Circle in the Round" (12/4/1967) – 26:17 previously unreleased. Available since 1998 on The Complete Studio Recordings of The Miles Davis Quintet 1965–1968

Disc 2

  1. "Teo's Bag" (1/16/1968) – 5:58 previously unreleased
  2. "Side Car I" (2/13/1968) – 5:00 previously unreleased
  3. "Side Car II" (2/13/1968) – 3:37 previously unreleased
  4. "Splash" (11/12/1968) – 8:33 previously unreleased. Available since 2001 on The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions
  5. "Sanctuary" (Wayne Shorter) (5/2/1968) – 8:52 previously unreleased
  6. "Guinnevere" (David Crosby) (1/27/1970) – 18:06 previously unreleased. Available since 1998 on The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions


Recorded between October 27, 1955 and January 27, 1970.


  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay (2011). "Circle in the Round - Miles Davis | AllMusic". Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  2. ^ This album was also his first to feature electric piano and bass, both on the opening track "Stuff".
  3. ^ The title is a reference to longtime Davis producer Teo Macero. Another take appears on The Complete Studio Recordings of The Miles Davis Quintet 1965–1968.